Committee discusses liberalisation of services trade and issues relating to digital trade

07 May 2019

The International Trade Committee continues its inquiry into UK trade in services. MPs will take evidence on approaches to liberalisation of services trade, as well as issues associated with digital trade.


Wednesday 8 May, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 10.00am

  • Professor Panos Delimatsis, Director of Tilburg Law and Economics Center, Tilburg University
  • Dmitry Grozoubinski, Founder of
  • Dr Billy Melo Araujo, Lecturer in EU Law, Queen's University Belfast
  • Quan Zhao, Trade in Services Adviser, International Trade Centre

At 11.00am

  • Nick Ashton-Hart, Geneva Representative of the Digital Trade Network
  • Giles Derrington, Head of Policy: Brexit, International and Economics, techUK
  • Andrew Fray, Managing Director, Interxion UK
  • Anna Fielder, Senior Policy Adviser, Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue; President, European Digital Rights; and Chair Emeritus, Privacy International

First panel

The Committee will examine different approaches to services trade liberalisation, in both the UK and global economy. The Committee is expected to question a panel of legal and trade experts on the framework for international services trade provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO), and approaches to services trade liberalisation within free trade agreements.

Second panel

The Committee will focus on digital trade, questioning business representatives and a consumer organisation. Questions are expected to cover the definition of digital trade, barriers relating to digital trade and whether these are justifiable, and progress being made at WTO level to liberalise international digital trade. The Committee will also consider what the Government’s approach to digital trade should be after Brexit – both at the WTO and in new free trade agreements.

Further information

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